Cruising Around Nashville in a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze by Michael Accardi April 19, 2016April 20, 2016 Share Comments Thread Previous ImageNext ImagePreviousNextView Large Having arrived in Nashville early this morning I had the better part of the day waiting for the rest of the media to show up- so I went for a little drive. These are a few observations from the hour I spent driving around Nashville in the 2016 Cruze. Full drive review will come later in the week. I was in a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Premier equipped with the RS package ($865), Sun & Sound with Navigation ($1,995), Enhanced Convenience Package ($865) and Driver Confidence II package ($790). Bringing total MSRP to $28,640. Dynamics The motor is plenty torquey, peak torque comes on at 2,220 RPM In comfortable driving around the city the 1.4T settles in between 2,000 and 2,500 RPM When gradually accelerating from cruising speed there is no noticeable turbo lag Paddle shifters would have been nice, the toggle switch on top of the shifter just doesn’t do it for me shifting wise. And while they’re at it a sport mode would be nice too just to keep the revs on boil slightly longer. Even under hard acceleration there isn’t noticeable turbo lag However under hard acceleration the front end has a tendency to feel light- understandable for a turbo motor FWD The only noticeable torque steer was during hard acceleration coming out of a right hand turn from a standstill It doesn’t corner like a Civic- even with the better rear end of the Premier model the car didn’t feel as planted as the Honda Although, the Cruze does offer a more supple ride than the Honda- I didn’t find the Civic to be a harsh ride but definitely a stiffer ride The Cruze does a better job of soaking up road imperfections than the Civic If you hate road noise stay away from the 18″ wheel package, especially for highway driving- although with the music going it’s not awful At 90-100 MPH the steering starts to feel a little light Interior Getting in and out of the 2016 Cruze is a satisfying experience- the doors have nticeable weight to them when you first open them, the stepped hinges are crisp and the doors close with a resounding thud once reserved for premium cars The cockpit is airy with what feels like a football field of space between you and the front windshield I found the voice controls to be maddening (but I always have), after 10 minutes trying to get Android Auto to find my destination I finally gave up, unplugged my phone and punched the location into Google Maps on my S6 before re-engaging AA. The Bose speaker system is more than enough for all but the biggest audio savants Volume and song selection controls on the back of the steering wheel was nice, but I would have preferred paddle shifters instead Seats are comfy, the leather is soft and the lower portion does well to support the backs of your knees. More coming soon!